News Releases

IDR Releases Updated State Tax Guidance: GILTI & FDII
July 20, 2020

In 2018, the Iowa legislature enacted Senate File 2417, a state tax reform bill that included extensive changes to the state’s tax structure. The Department has released updated guidance to explain the following tax change:

IDR Releases New State Tax Guidance: Iowa Nonconformity CARES Act of 2020
July 14, 2020

In December of 2019, President Trump signed the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 into law. This Act extends a number of expired federal tax provisions, many retroactively to tax years 2018 and 2019. Iowa has not conformed with any of these federal tax changes to the extent they apply to tax years beginning prior to January 1, 2020.

Iowa Government Working Group to meet July 15
July 13, 2020
​​​​​​​The Government Working Group of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 15. The public is invited to attend.
Update to Iowa Minimum Age Requirement
July 01, 2020
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2268 into law on June 29, 2020 that raises the minimum age for a person to purchase, use, or sell tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, vapor products, and cigarettes in Iowa from 18 to 21 years old. The new minimum age requirement takes effect immediately.
Important Upcoming Iowa Department of Revenue Tax Deadline
June 25, 2020

The Department is reminding taxpayers that Iowa has not extended the due date for Estimated Income Tax Payments. The second quarter installment of tax year 2020 estimated income tax for taxpayers filing on a calendar year basis is due June 30, 2020.

IDR Releases New State Tax Guidance: 199A(g) Deduction
June 24, 2020

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141). Among other changes to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), this bill included a fix to the so called “grain glitch,” which occurred when IRC section 199 was repealed under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in 2018.

Hotel/Motel Tax Information for Local Governments
June 17, 2020

The Department of Revenue recognizes travel/hospitality is one of many industries that has been severely impacted by the recent pandemic. This also impacts local governments and organizations in those communities that benefit from Iowa’s hotel/motel tax. The Department collects the tax and distributes the funds back to local governments on a quarterly basis.

LOST Information for Local Governments
May 28, 2020

Local Government Officials:

The Department of Revenue has received questions from many of you regarding the impact of COVID-19 on local option sales tax collections. We have been monitoring and will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, we have decided not to make any adjustments to the current monthly estimates for Fiscal Year 2020.

Iowa Small Business Relief Tax Deferral Program continues with second round
May 06, 2020

Iowa Director of Revenue Kraig Paulsen has announced businesses in Iowa can continue to apply for a deferral of state sales and/or withholding tax.